National Hug a Newsperson Day:
The National Hug a Newsperson Day comes on the 4th of April every year in recognition and appreciation of the people that report the news to us every day.
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Why National Hug a Newsperson Day:
Previously referred to as the National Hug a Newsman Day, this day is very special to everyone, and more importantly to the people who love to stay informed about everything that is taken place both locally and internationally. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, newsman is a word that dates back to 1596 and was used in description for people that work hard for many years to ensure that they keep bringing news to people regardless of their geographical location in the world.
Among the renowned newspersons include Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters, David Brinkley, Katie Couric, Walter Cronkite, Ann Curry, Lester Holt, Peter Jennings, and Connie Chung among others.
A local newsperson reports the striking and important things that are happening within that locality on a daily basis. In doing so, they keep you informed on matters of politics, business, news, traffic, crime and even provide educational updates that make you more prepared for tomorrow. As regards national news, local newspersons leverage local perspectives to inform their audience. In as much as there are many events taking place on a daily basis, both locally and internationally, this group of professional men and women are keen to select the most value-adding ones as a measure of relevance to their target audience.
On an international or global scale, the newsperson is expected to travel to different parts of the world so that they can record the information accurately. This enables them to deliver first-hand information that the listeners can rely upon, and interpret as a true and accurate reflection of what is happening elsewhere. Regardless of where they are reporting from, these people ensure that the news reaches us at home, places of work, food outlets and even in the car, all in the spirit of keeping us informed.
How we can observe National Hug a Newsperson Day:
You can celebrate this day by doing any of the following activities, or all:
- Post on social media
One of the ways to observe this day is by posting on social media using the #NationalHugANewsPersonDay hashtag. This would serve to create awareness about this day and in so doing ensure that all the newsperson and those working in related fields feel recognized and appreciated.
- Visit a news station to personally thank them
You can also make a point of visiting the news station that is nearest to your location and thanking them for their works. Other than making them feel appreciated, it would also remind them that their services add value and protect the lives of the people within their region.
- Talking to people about the remarkable work newspersons do
Another way to observe this day is by taking the time on this day to talk to people about the many ways that newsperson add value to our lives. Among the points to highlight include informing us about things and therefore giving us a chance to prepare for different eventualities.
- Donate to your local news station
Organizing for donations to the local news station is also a way of observing this day. The work they do requires resources and a lot of studies, factors that can really benefit from some donations from the very people they serve.
- Hug a newsperson
In case you know a newsperson personally, observe this day by hugging them and giving them a tap on the back for their value-adding work.
- Read (or watch) the news
You can also observe this day by reading or watching the news. This is a very basic way to appreciate the men and women who bring the news to us.
Interesting facts about National Hug a Newsperson Day:
Some of the most interesting facts about this day include:
- 1948 marks the day when John Cameron Swayze became the very first television anchorman.
- On October 11th, 1975, a different approach to delivering news was initiated with the premiere of “Saturday Night Live.”
- Box-office hit “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” was released in 2004.
- Popular character Karen Smith from “Mean Girls” became a weather girl at the end of the movie in 2004.
History of National Hug a Newsperson Day:
Although this day has been celebrated since the year 1998, there is no known record about who began this day. Nonetheless, the National Day Calendar continues to research about how this day began.